In the state of North Dakota you may complete the Bill of Sale Form SFN 2888 (download below) when you buy or sell a vehicle. Even though it’s not required it can be very useful in some situations. For example, the Bill of Sale form can be used as proof of ownership for a short period, before registering the vehicle, in order to drive it.
North Dakota Bill of Sale Form
This form is a fillable PDF and can be completed on your device – phone, tablet or computer. However you should know that the data entered in this PDF form cannot be saved in the file. So print your completed form to save a copy for your records.
Selling a vehicle in North Dakota
When you sell a vehicle with a North Dakota title:
- Part 1 (Seller’s Assignment & Warranty of Title) must be signed and dated by seller. The seller must fill in the price and date of sale. Furthermore the current odometer reading must be filled in. This reading is required on all motor vehicles model year 2011 or newer and below 16,000 pounds.
- If vehicle is less than nine (9) years old SFN 18609 Damage Disclosure Statement must be completed by the seller.
- When the owner of a vehicle sells, trades, or otherwise transfers the ownership of the vehicle, the owner must remove the license plate(s). By removing the license plates the vehicle will be considered unlicensed.
- The buyer may operate the vehicle for a maximum of five (5) days from date of acquisition without displaying any visible evidence of registration. However, the transferee must have dated evidence of ownership in the vehicle during these five (5) days. Dated evidence of ownership is either a dated Bill of sale or a dated copy of the Certificate of title.
Buying a vehicle in North Dakota
When you buying a vehicle with a North Dakota title:
- Part 1 (Seller’s Assignment & Warranty of Title) must be signed and dated by owner(s) (seller) as shown on the front of the title. Legal name and address of new owner must be typed or printed legibly. Odometer information is required on all motor vehicles model year 2011 or newer and below 16,000 pounds, with buyer’s signature, printed name, and date.
- Part 3 (Purchaser’s Certification and Application) must be completed and signed by buyer showing purchase price, lienholder information, if applicable, and signature and date.
- If vehicle is less than nine (9) years old SFN SFN 18609 Damage Disclosure Statement must be completed by the seller.
- Taxes due on 5% of the purchase price.
Please note that the term damage does not include body or structural modifications! This term refers to normal wear and tear, glass damage, hail damage, or items of normal maintenance and repair.
Odometer Disclosure Statement in North Dakota
To complete an odometer disclosure statement you can use the Titles, Manufacturer Certificates of Origin, and/or a Secure Odometer/Reassignment form – SFN 18773 (not available online).
However we recommend, for your own records, to use this federal form to state the mileage upon transfer of ownership: North Dakota Odometer Disclosure Statement Form
To correct an odometer (mileage) error on the printed title, you must use this form. It must be completed and signed by the individual who originally made the error or alteration: ODOMETER CORRECTION – Form SFN 60806
The Truth in Mileage Act (TIMA) is a federal law that requires the seller of a motor vehicle to provide an odometer disclosure to the buyer. The buyer must sign in acknowledgment of the mileage disclosure given. At least one owner shown on the title must make their disclosure on the actual title. The buyer must sign acknowledging that disclosure on the same title. Other buyers must make disclosures on state issued secure forms. These forms are controlled and contain security features that meet federal requirements. Vehicles with “not readable” odometer readings are still subject to federal odometer requirements.
How to complete the North Dakota Bill of Sale Form
The North Dakota Bill of Sale Form SFN 2888 is composed of four sections and below you’ll learn to fill in this form:
The first section 1 contains the Buyer information. Begin by filling in the full name of the buyer. The buyer’s name must be PRINTED. So use only Capital Letters to write BUYER’S NAME. Then check between a Driver’s License or a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) identification. Afterwards fill in buyer’s phone number, mailing address, city, state and ZIP code:
The second section of the Bill of Sale contains the vehicle information. Here you’ll need to fill in the Year, Make, Model, Style or Body type, VIN or Vehicle Identification Number, Color, Fuel type, and Weight. Lastly fill in the selling price and the date of sale:
The third section contains the Seller information. Start this section by filling in the full name of the seller. The name must be PRINTED. This means to use only Capital Letters to write SELLER’S NAME. Then fill in seller’s phone number, mailing address, city, state and ZIP code. After these you can fill in additional information and comments about this vehicle transfer. Finally fill in the printed full name of the seller. Do not sign the form after that! This form needs to be signed by the seller before a Notary Public or Authorized Officer:
The last section is reserved for authorities and you don’t have to complete this part:
Please note that you can fill out this Bill of Sale form by hand. However don’t forget to use a pen and not a pencil. If you are filling out this form on your device (phone, tablet, computer) this form is a fillable PDF that works best with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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North Dakota has more miles of road per capita than any state in the nation. There are approximately 166 miles of road for every 1,000 people. NDDOT maintains more lane-miles of roads per maintenance employee than any other state in the nation.
North Dakota has the second smallest department of transportation, in terms of employees, in the nation. Only Hawaii’s is smaller.
In North Dakota there are more vehicles registered than there are residents of the state.